Actor Iwai Kumesaburô III as the Mother (Haha) Sadamasa
1850 (Kaei 3), 1st month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864)
Vertical ôban; 36 x 24 cm (14 3/16 x 9 7/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Unidentified publisher’s mark.
Play (second feature): Osome Hisamatsu Ukina no Yomiuri
Play (main feature): Yama Warau Haru no Kiyomizu
Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche
Censors' seals: Fuku, Muramatsu
No blockcutter's mark
By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 19, 2005)
 Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection